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Parents Guide for
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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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Sex & Nudity


A brief nude drawing is seen, a woman bathing with her backside visible, and partial breast nudity seen.

Women at the unveiling of "Argo's" script wear tight, revealing sci-fi outfits that show a lot of skin, including some costumes that just barely cover their backsides and breasts.

A reference is made to theaters in Iran showing pornography.

A reference is made to a man being left "with his dick in his hands."

Violence & Gore


Americans are blindfolded, threatened with guns and shoved around when the embassy is overrun. Months later, a handful of hostages are taken by their captors and led to the basement, their faces covered with bags. They're lined up in a row as their captors point rifles at them. The order is given to shoot. (The guns turn out to be empty.)

When Tony and his six Americans meet an Iranian official in a bazaar, their VW bus is jostled and thumped by a crowd of demonstrators. And when an Iranian takes exception to one of the women taking pictures in the bazaar, things get ugly: Locals begin shouting and screaming, and it looks as though the confrontation is just seconds from turning bloody. Indeed, nearly every encounter here has the feel of a tightrope walk, where any false step or errant gust could mean disaster. A Marine warns his nervous comrades that if they shoot one person in the crowd, everyone in the embassy will likely die. (Tear gas launched into a raging crowd has no affect.)

We see a man shot in the gut. (The camera's some distance away.) A man hangs dead from a construction crane. Someone runs through what appears to be a puddle of blood. We see news clips of violence and protests; and we catch hand-drawn glimpses of the old shah's cruelty to his people (most notably an illustration of a bloodied man being tortured). Iranians push down and jostle people and shoot doors (trying to open them).

Tony compares his job to that of an abortionist.



25 uses of the F-word, six uses of s**t, four uses of Godd*mn, one use of both b*stard and b**ch, four uses of bulls**t, one use of the middle finger. The exclamation "Jesus Christ" is used once.

Lester Seigel and John Chambers use the phrase "Argo f**k yourself" quite a bit during the movie. Tony Mendez says it twice. It's all played for laughs.

Would be rated PG-13 if it wasn't for the language.


Everyone smokes throughout the movie. This is a reflection of the culture of the early 1980s. Many also drink. Tony drinks quite a lot as well, and although he never appears drunk, he does at one point take a bottle of whiskey to his room.


The film details a hostage situation intimately from multiple perspectives, and is accordingly intense.

American and Iranian symbols are repeatedly defiled (including the flag and an image of "Uncle Sam")

In America, individuals supposedly of Iranian descent are briefly shown being wrathfully beaten.

A crowd of violent Iranian protesters climb over the gate before the lock is eventually broken and rioters overtake a government building, forcing entry by breaking windows and such manually and with crowbars. They are confronted roughly with tear gas.

A mock execution takes place. A group of hostages in lined up and fired at with blanks, at which point some collapse in tears

Many suspenseful scenes revolving around getting the hostages out in the nick of time, almost being found out, and the hunt to capture the missing Americans. It culminates with a chase down the runway between the plane and several cars of Iranian soldiers

Guns are depicted threateningly most intense. throughout, and there are repeated confrontations with captors mostly involving yelling and shoving

Mendez and the escapees are caught between two groups of protesters in their van and are forced jumping to drive through one. People climb on the roof car and bang on the windows. This scene is also nerve racking. Should be rated PG-13.


HBO Content Advisory: R for Adult Content, Adult Language, Mild Violence

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Rated R for language and some violent images

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